Early Detection & Assessment – Lameness, Injury & Disease

Posted: November 4th, 2013 |

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is an advanced and clinically proven technology used for early detection and accurate assessment of hard to diagnose animal lameness, injury or disease cases. DITI can often detect injuries or disease before their clinical manifestation, because it looks for functional changes and physiological abnormalities by measuring subtle changes in the animal’s metabolic heat.

Thus, DITI can often help with the establishment of early and accurate diagnosis which in turn results in a more successful treatment, better recovery as well as faster alleviation of the emotional and financial aggravations.

Additionally, DITI is a portable technology and as such it can be effectively used in stables, kennels or on a farm allowing for real-time imaging of multiple animals in one session.

Equine applications:

Our DITI equipment can detect the early stages of laminitis, hoof abscesses, synovitis of the joints and tendon sheaths, periosteal damage, pedal osteitis and navicular disease. Both clinical research and practical application has proven that DITI can detect tendon lesions two to three weeks before they are clinically evident.

Moreover, DITI can assist in radiographs to locate chip fractures and difficult to image stress factures that may otherwise have only been detected with nuclear scintigraphy.

Canine applications:

(* including Greyhounds and other racing dogs, working and agility dogs as well as companion canines and even felines)

Dogs have a high pain threshold, which intermittently causes their injuries to go unrecognized and/or untreated. The majority of dogs play and work hard and therefore they are predisposed to musculoskeletal problems such as back and joint injuries. Toe injuries from fast turning, jumping or climbing are common, as well.

Also, improperly applied harnesses can cause rubbing or irritations of pressure sensitive places. These physiological changes can be expediently detected with Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) and the solution can be as easy as readjusting the fit or using equipment that is better suited for the breed or type of activity. In clinical situation DITI provides key information used by the vet to formulate a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Moreover, with DITI issues such as hip dysplasia, muscle, tendon, ligament, skin or degenerative joint disease and dental problems can be easily revealed even in early stages and thus effectively treated and monitored.

Arthritis is another frequent condition affecting about 20% of the adult canines . It is characterized by abnormal changes in a joint, which are caused by hereditary defects, infections as well as stress or damage to joint surfaces. The side effects are pain, swelling and stiffness in joints.

While physical examination and x-rays will confirm any changes to the joints, DITI can also determine if there are any physiological changes present and specific to the early stages (warmer joints) or the later stages of arthritis (the joints are cooler).

Livestock applications:

Cows and sheep often suffer of foot abscesses or rot. These can be easily detected using Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI). By pinpointing the area which needs to be drained or paired, you can expedite the examination process, lower medical cost and lost production, and shorten the time of the animal’s discomfort.

DITI is effectively used to screen livestock for degenerative joint conditions, nerve complications and detection of sub-clinical mastitis . Thermal imaging can reveal back and muscle injuries in post-calving situations and facilitate timely treatment so the animal can recover early and with good chances of conceiving again.

Due to the non-invasive and frequently repeatable nature of thermal imaging, producers of rare breeds take advantage of periodically scheduled routine health scans of breeding animals to monitor their state of health.


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